Type: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Pocket Books
My Copy: Netgalley
Maverick Austin Davis is forced to return home after a ten-year career as a rodeo star. After one too many head injuries, he’s off the circuit and in the horse farming business, something he’s never taken much of a shine to, but now that it’s his late father’s legacy, familial duty calls. How will Maverick find his way after the only dream he ever had for himself is over?
Enter Leighton Elizabeth James, an ugly duckling turned beauty from Maverick’s childhood—his younger sister’s best friend, to be exact, and someone whose heart he stomped all over when she confessed her crush to him ten years back. Now Leighton is back in Maverick’s life, no longer the insecure, love-stricken teen—and Maverick can’t help but take notice. Sparks fly between them, but will Leighton be able to open her heart to the one man who broke it all those years ago?
What is not to love about a sexy, alpha cowboy? Especially one given to us by Harper Sloan? Lost Rider is a western romance with a sexy cowboy, the girl he lost and a second chance at love.
Maverick Davis had one goal when he turned eighteen. To leave and become a rodeo star. It was all he ever wanted, even if he crushed those he left behind, including the girl who held his heart. But ten years later, he is coming home to the one place he never thought he would see again. A place that held pain and loss for him.
All Leighton James ever wanted was Maverick Davis. But after he broke her heart on his way out of town, she learned to move on, even if her heart did not. She built a life she was proud of, even if she was never able to give her heart to anyone else. Maverick may be back, but she was a strong and independent woman now who did not need him at all, right?
I really liked Mav. He was lost and broken, but once he made up his mind on something, he followed through with all he had. Yes, he could be cruel and harsh, but as we learn more about his past, we begin to understand him more. And what he wanted was a future with Leigh. Leigh who was now strong and determined. So different than the girl Mav had left behind. She was sweet, loving, loyal and caring. She was determined to keep Mav at arm’s length, but life never works out as we think we want it too.
Once Mav comes home, he begins to realize how much he actually lost when he left. As he reconnects with his siblings and the town he left behind, he finally begins to realize things could have been different. We see him struggle to find his place. Meanwhile, Mav and Leigh can’t seem to stop pushing each other’s buttons. The sparks fly all around them.
I liked Mav and Leigh. Mav had so much weighing on him he never shared with anyone, that it nearly broke him. Leigh was so hurt by Mav when he left, she was afraid to give her heart away. Will they finally be able to be open with each other and see where they go from here?
Lost Rider by Harper Sloan was a sweet second chance at love story about two people who were always meant to be together, but lost their way. Their journey was not easy, but both worked hard for what they wanted. And I absolutely loved Quinn and Clay, and the quirky town people. A good read, especially if you love cowboy romances.
I give Lost Rider by Harper Sloan 4-stars!